Aloha B'ak'tun - Maui Brewing Co.
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Reviews by StonedTrippin:
3.58/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
a very bizarre stout, but ive come to expect out there beers from these guys. this one pours a chocolaty brown color, not freakishly dark, but dark enough to block out most of the light. the head is a few fingers high and tan in color, but it doesn't last long. the nose is Belgian yeast, chocolate malt, burnt toast, and cocoa powder, dusty and bitter. not as much roast comes through from the malt, and the chocolate notes are dominant. the same is true with the taste, but the cocoa powder is entirely in the finish, while the sweeter, more milky chocolate comes in the middle. there is also an interesting spice compliment that may come from the yeast, or may come from spices themselves. slightly tropical, but this is almost more of a winter warmer than a Hawaiian inspired beer to me, seems like an odd choice for a brewery on maui, but its tasty, if a bit busy. balance is never really found, but I doubt that was the goal here. fuller medium body and a well hidden abv. im glad I ended up with a single instead of a 6pack, but I have to admit this was a surprisingly good beer, unlike anything else ive had. the spices and the cocoa are a curious combination, like Mexican hot chocolate, or something else not stereotypically Hawaiian.
Serving type: can
04-16-2013 18:51:59 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.28/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
12oz can poured into a Chimay goblet.
A: Pitch black pour. Creamy beige head takes its time,but eventually settles to a thin cap. A delicate ring of lacing circles the glass.
S: Semi sweet dark chocolate, smoke and soot, faint whiffs of black pepper, dried chilis, and cinnamon. Not much 'pop' on the nose.
T: Smoke and soot up front. Bakers chocolate. Faint cinnamon. Flash of clove and some oily hops. The chipotle contribution is very downplayed, just the slightest hint of peppery warmth on the back end. Cola. Touch of candidate sugar fruitiness. Dry chocolatey and sooty finish with the slightest hint of chipotle heat.
M: Rather thin and light. Slight creaminess, but it lands on the watery side. Gentle scrubbing carbonation.
O: About as complex as a doorknob. Adjunct contributions are weak and uninspired, yeast character is seriously lacking, and the body is too thin and watery. A lot of bells and whistles on paper, but in the end this is an exceedingly average beer. Maui needs to go bigger and bolder all around with this one.
Serving type: can
02-04-2014 04:36:51 | More by ryan1788a5
Aloha B'ak'tun from Maui Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.